The Minister for Justice has confirmed he will bring forward legislation next week for the use of body-worn cameras by members of An Garda Síochána.

"Body worn cameras are vital to protecting gardaí on the beat," Simon Harris said.

A spokesperson for Mr Harris said the Government is committed to protecting gardaí, frontline workers and the public.

Minister Harris believes body-worn cameras are a "vital contribution to protecting our gardaí and the public and investigating crime".

"Once enacted, the legislation will provide a legal basis for the deployment and use of body-worn cameras by An Garda Síochána," the spokesperson said.

"Minister Harris strongly believes the use of body worn cameras, with appropriate safeguards, can help improve front-line capability with the accurate recording of incidents, enhancing situational awareness, and helping to protect people from harm.

"As the Garda Commissioner has said, this technology is widely used across the EU as an effective tool for evidence gathering in the investigation of crime and the Minister looks forward to progressing the legislation through the Oireachtas."